Queen & Ashbridge is coming soon to coastal Queen East! Along with our partners Riocan Living, we at Context are excited to announce that Queen & Ashbridge will be launching this fall.

Between the green boardwalks of The Beaches and the red bricks of Leslieville, beyond the shores of Ashbridge’s Bay and the skyscrapers of downtown, lies Queen & Ashbridge; a unique icon in the heart of Coastal Queen East.

Register now at http://qacondos.com

Toronto City Hall Today

In this edition of Different By Design, we look at the design of Toronto City Hall. Arguably Toronto’s most recognizable structure (after the CN Tower) Toronto City Hall is turning 55 years old this year!

Architect Viljo Revell

Designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell and completed in 1965, Toronto City Hall is the culmination of an international design competition held in 1958. Led by then mayor Nathan Phillips, the competition sought entries from a global collection of architects including I.M. Pei, Perkins & Will, and Kenzo Tange. Revell’s submission was a sculptural stand out and caused some controversy with some people saying that it was too futuristic for the city. Phillips and the majority of the judges (including famed architect Eero Saarinen and Revell’s leading advocate on the jury) awarded Revell the commission for the $18 million dollar project.

The former Registry of Deeds and Land Titles Building

To make way for the new square, the former Registry of Deeds and Land Titles building was unfortunately demolished.

City Hall and the square under construction

Construction began in 1961 and took 4 years to complete. Sadly, Revell died in 1964 and did not get to see the completion of what would become his most famous commission.

Council chambers under construction

Before his death, Revell insisted that his design collaborators be given their due credit and Heikki Castren, Bengt Lundsten, and Seppo Valjus were jointly listed as the architects.

City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square at night

Today Toronto City Hall still looks futuristic (despite being middle aged 🙂 ) and stands out in the skyline for its elegant curving towers and dramatic backdrop to the heart of our city. Happy 55th Birthday!

The New Lawrence Heights has been nominated for Project of the Year, Low-rise and for the People’s Choice Award at the upcoming 40th BILD Awards! We at Context along with our partners at Metropia are honoured to be nominated and excited to see how The New Lawrence Heights does amongst tough competition! The BILD awards are scheduled to be held on on Thursday, September 10, 2020.

For more information on The New Lawrence Heights visit: http://newlawrenceheights.ca/index.html and for more information on the full list of BILD finalists, visit: http://bildawards.ca/

We hope that you and your family are doing well and staying safe during these challenging times. The Ontario Government has designated residential construction sites where an above grade structural permit has been granted for condominiums as essential workplaces and The Yorkdale Condos fall into this category.

Construction site safety for all workers is paramount and we continue to work with everyone on the construction site including sub-trades, labour unions and the workers to ensure safe working conditions.

Covid-19 has impacted us all but we continue to progress on site and look forward to sending you frequent construction updates of your new home.

We have completed the concrete forming on the 3rd floor and are now beginning work on the typical floors.  Stay tuned for more updates and be safe!


The Yorkdale Condos Phase 1 and Phase 2 as seen from Allan Road
The Yorkdale Condos Phase 1 – completed at Ranee Avenue and Flemington Road
The Yorkdale Condos Phase 2 at grade
The Yorkdale Condos Phase 1 as seen from Baycrest Park

Most of us are stuck inside these days and hopefully able to work from home. If you are looking for a little down time in between projects or something to look at on your computer or phone that isn’t 1) work or 2) news, check out these online collections and tours from some of the world’s top museum collections!

The Louvre’s I.M. Pei design Pyramid

The Louvre features some of its most famous and significant galleries online, including its Egyptian Antiquities and pieces by Michelangelo. Features include a 360-degree tour of the museum and backgrounds on many of the museum’s most important works.

The Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed Rotunda

For a taste of some of the world’s finest blue chip modern art, visit The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum collection online. In addition to the works from New York, you can also browse the collections of the Bilbao Guggenheim and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

The Royal Ontario Museum Daniel Libeskind designed addition

Toronto’s own Royal Ontario Museum features over 45,000 pieces online from its 13 million plus collection. The online collection is a working database and is continually being updated.

The British Museum’s Great Court designed by Norman Foster

The British Museum features over 4 million objects in the Museum’s collection online. This innovative database is one of the earliest and most extensive online museum search platforms in the world. Additionally, they teamed up with Google using street view technology to offer an interactive experience of the museum’s collections.

The Vatican Museum’s Bramante Staircase

The Vatican Museum features 360 degree virtual tours of the museum grounds and iconic exhibits, including Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s rooms.

In our latest edition of Different By Design – Volume 11, we look at some of our favourite graffiti works from around Toronto in recent years. There is no doubt that Toronto is a world class city for graffiti and street art and these works just reinforce that!

King West Graffiti Wall

New York based street artist Buff Monster completed this piece (shown below) in 2015 on a garage door off King Street West.

Buff Monster – King West

South African artist Faith47 installed this piece at Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks in 2013. She titled it “The Pull of the Land”.

Faith47 – Brick Works

To this day, there is much debate about Graffiti in Toronto and whether it constitutes art or vandalism but there is no denying the quality of the work throughout Toronto and the talent behind it!

Yorkdale Condos Construction Update!

We are currently pouring the third level of Yorkdale Condos 1B (Phase 2) and hope to complete the top floor by early summer. Here are a few images of the recent progress!

Terrace Suites Under Construction (Before…in 1B)
Terrace Suites at completion (After…in 1A)

Stay tuned for further information as we move forward to the exciting phase of move-ins.

For regular updates we invite you to visit our Twitter page – https://twitter.com/HelloContext

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As part of the ongoing approvals process, Context recently hosted a Community Open House for the Queen Coxwell Revitalization.  The event was held over several days at the Duke of Connaught Public School (located around the corner form the site) and saw 200 hundred community members visit to learn more about the redevelopment.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and a series of new images from the architect were on display.



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Fore more information on the Queen Coxwell Revitalization please visit: https://queencoxwellrevitalization.com/



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The Queen Coxwell Revitalization is a mixed use development near Leslieville and The Beaches by Context and RioCan.  The redevelopment will feature a mix of Market Rental and Condominiums and new retail along Queen Street East.  Designed by Teeple Architects and Public City Landscape Architects, the development features striking architecture and numerous public and private outdoor landscaped areas.  “The Boardwalk” is the main north‐south pedestrian corridor through the site that connects a series of publicly accessible spaces. At its north edge, along Queen Street, is a new community park.  The Boardwalk leads pedestrians south to Eastern Avenue through a shared ‘Woonerf’ and also contains the lobby entrances, numerous seating and landscaped areas.  Many of the condominiums will feature stunning park, lake and skyline views and scattered throughout the building will be numerous larger suites with sprawling terraces.


Located between Leslieville and The Beaches, the site is immediately north of Ashbridge’s Bay and Woodbine Park.  Steps to some of Toronto’s best restaurants and shops and minutes to downtown on the Queen street car, the Queen Coxwell Revitalization is set to become one of Toronto’s premier living destinations!



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Stay tuned for more information!



Yesterday, Context President Howard Cohen joined Mayor John Tory, Councillor Paula Fletcher and City officials in the announcement of the redevelopment of City lands at Queen Street East and Coxwell.  Context and our partner Riocan, are joining forces with the City of Toronto to redevelop 3.3 acres of land that is currently home to 120 rent-geared-to-income (RGI) homes.

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The redevelopment will feature a mix of housing types including the replacement Rent-Geared-To-Income (RGI), Affordable Rental, Market Rental and Condominiums in addition to new Queen Street retail along the entire northern edge of the site.  The new development will see 750 new homes brought into the community.  The rental units total 400 and the condominiums are at 350 and the redevelopment is at no cost to City as they are utilizing the value of their land in the partnership.


We at Context believe that this redevelopment can act as an innovative model between the private and public sectors and show how working together can benefit the city as a whole.  The anticipated market release of the condominiums will be in 2020.  Stay tuned for more news in the coming months!